ICC misguided over Anderson Park -- letter

Anderson Park House

Anderson Park House

The facts around Anderson Park remain unchanged:

The much vaunted earthquake prone building legislation is not law currently.

There never has been, and indeed still isn't, any legislative requirement to close Anderson Park, nor the water tower for that matter.

The council will have at least 35 years to bring Anderson Park up to 34 per cent of new building standard.

The uncertainty around the future of Anderson Park is entirely due to the ICC's premature and unwarranted action closing the building in January 2014 and continued misinterpretation of current and future building code requirements.

The Government has introduced the earthquake prone building amendment to the existing Building Act to ensure there is a practical and uniform approach to addressing the issue of defining and dealing with earthquake prone buildings in an economically sustainable and timely manner countrywide.

Here in Invercargill we have a council that does not seem capable of interpreting the proposed earthquake prone building legislation, the very local authority who will be charged with administering the very same legislation for Invercargill City once it is enacted.

Am I the only one who seems to care and is willing to publicly challenge the current misguided actions?

If you don't believe me ask the politicians who initiated and are currently responsible for the proposed earthquake prone building legislation, namely Maurice Williamson and the Hon Dr Nick Smith.

Lindsay Buckingham

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Southland District Council ratepayers: wake up!

When you realise all the implications of the Te Anau wastewater disposal scheme you may choke to death on your birthday drink and cake.

For the council staff to work on this for five years and spring it on us last Christmas when we are far too busy is an absolute outrage. Tell your councillors clearly.

At the airport "ground water flow is in a northwest direction" looks like a flagrant lie.

Stand on the road. The lie of the land is plainly south. (Between the Takis and big bush-covered Paddock Hill.)

Underground, not far down is a thick natural sand-concrete water-proof iron pan which will carry the sewer-water under our $7 million airport runway and probably break it up.

In short, $7 million airport rates cost you $200 per annum.  

The flexible Monty Python Sewer, Te Anau to Manapouri ,at $14 million, will cost you $400 per annum.

Total extra $600 per annum rates and to achieve the loss of your $7 million airport asset. And you didn't get to vote on either.

Environment Southland set the rules, Southland District Council proposes the solution. ES holds the consent hearing.

Looks like an insanely expensive roundabout of a Mad Hatters tea party. We pay.

All that could be mistaken for astronomical extortion and corruption.

Both mayors please tell CEOs to stop this nonsense right now.

Waste Water straight into Te Anau amounts to 1 part in 3600 in summer and 1 part in 7000 in winter.

Get real.

Jack Murrell


Southland District Council group manager services and assets Ian Marshall replied

Mr Murrell is incorrect in saying the proposal was sprung on people.  

Public meetings were held in both Te Anau and Manapouri and articles relating to the proposal featured heavily in the both the local press as well as The Southland Times in recent years.

The council has spent a considerable amount of time and money studying all aspects of the proposal to inform the consent application.  

Investigations specifically studied the groundwater flow and direction.  

These studies were presented to the commissioners as part of the consent hearing.

It is now the council's intention to undertake a peer review of project work to date.

This review will focus on both technical and community aspects and include talking to a number of stakeholder groups who have an interest in the proposal.

It is anticipated that a peer reviewer will be appointed following the next meeting of the newly established Te Anau Wastewater Discharge Project Committee which is scheduled to take place next week.

Letters are welcome but writers must provide their name, address and telephone number as a sign of good faith. Pseudonyms are not acceptable. Each letter should be no more than 250 words. We reserve the right to edit letters for length sense,legal reasons and on grounds of good taste. Email to letters@stl.co.nz, or write to The Editor, The Southland Times, PO Box 805, Invercargill, or fax  (03) 2149905.

 - The Southland Times

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